ROCKHAMPTON Freemasons will celebrate their 150-year history by shedding the cloak of secrecy and throwing open their doors to the public on September 23.
Queensland Freemasons deputy grand secretary Graham Schulz said visitors would be able to speak with the grand master, take a tour of the masonic centre and see displays of masonic aprons and jewels.
"We hope the open house will help spread the word about the many benefits of Freemasonry and also dispel some of the common myths," he said.
"We don't ride goats and, although we do have a secret handshake, we are definitely not a secret society."
The fourth Freemason's lodge was established in Rockhampton in 1862 with 40 members.
Today there are 600 members and 11 lodges across the region.
A special "open house" will be held at the Rockhampton Masonic Centre.